The progress of the new Tucson is not limited to style and design. Like its compact-sedan sibling, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson will also arrive in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants for the first time in the US, adding power without sacrificing efficiency. What’s more, an N line trim will outpace Tucson sometime in the future, joining the upcoming Sonata and Allantra as well as the current Allantra GT N Line and Veloster N – to round out Hyundai’s sports portfolio. Hyundai goes on sale in Korea this month as the Tucson 2021 model, but it won’t arrive in the US until the middle of next year by 2022.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Design: Fast Chic
Nobody would confuse 2022 Tucson with its predecessor thanks to descriptors given by the company such as “Parametric Dynamics” and “Kinetic Jewel Surface Details”. Whatever the term, the front grille gets an unusual triangular texture, mirrored from right to left, drawing some clear inspiration from the Allantra and Sonata. But unlike the sedan, the Tucson’s headlights are integrated into the grille opening, using LED elements to camouflage the front end when not illuminated. Hyundai does not have images of the vehicle with the lights turned off, but we think it should look aggressive while parked.
It is clear from the side profile that the intentions of the Allantra were filled throughout with irregular rhombus and triangle shapes. There is plenty of positive and negative space, bulging front and rear fenders and a long, jagged character line that the inset jumps out over the lower door. The angular wheel arches and rocker panels are visible in crossover-chic black plastic, all notches and curves. Meanwhile, the tall and relatively flat roof is contrasted in black, making the Tucson look shorter and more rugged than it actually is, with an attractive piece of chrome trim.
The most prominent Tucson obstacle in 2022 is a set of blade-tail tales that may be inspired by a farm plow. Suspended by a full-width LED bar, quad taillights break through the path of small, triangular elements that disappear when not illuminated. The lower rear bumper trim gets a unique diamond texture that appears to be hidden behind a faux rear skid plate. Hyundai cleaned up the 2022 Tucson appearance, disguising the rear window wiper under the roof spoiler, controversially moving the brand’s oval H badge to the window glass.
Not the traditionally attractive new Tucson, but there is no denying its presence. Hyundai says the design emphasizes the SUV’s distinct identity in the crowded segment, and there is no denying the argument – no one would confuse it for Tucson.
What’s more, the small crossover also stands out from other Hyundai models. It shares some design themes with Allentra, but the Avent-Garde Tucson looks nothing like the beautiful Palisade and Santa Fe or the spunky Kona and Venue. Frankly, we really dig the bold, parallel-universe style of 2022 Tucson.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior: Modern Diggs
The interior of the 2022 Tucson behaves slightly less aggressively, though it is still clearly a modern Hyundai. The driver sits behind a tiller-shaped steering wheel, not unlike the Sonata, and two strips of silver trim surround both the driver and front passenger space, giving the cabin a twin-cockpit appearance. A flat dashboard sits atop a lower dash that curves down and away from passengers, looks airy and open and possibly reduces claustrophobia; We have to sit in it to verify that impression.
The Tucson also becomes substantially modern through a digital instrument cluster that clings to the dashboard rather than resting in a hooded binacle. Another gee-whiz feature is an available dual-screen infotainment system stacked to a 10.3-inch display with a climate control panel with absolutely no physical buttons. The standard infotainment system is an 8.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and two-device Bluetooth connectivity.
We suspect that advanced flat-panel setup, as capacitive-touch controls are more distracting and harder to use while driving than traditional knobs and switches. Nevertheless, the digital instrument cluster and screen-heavy center stack give the SUV’s new interior an attractive, contemporary look.
Other internal enhancements include car-to-home communication that can control smart devices and lights while on the road, which would be useful when returning home, for example, on a dark night or a humid summer day. Also new to 2022 is an available air quality monitoring system that monitors external pollution levels using a finer-dust sensor. It also tracks internal air quality and purifies the cabin as needed, while a low-moisture evaporator helps keep HVAC internals odor-free. Hyundai has not specifically confirmed that car-to-home and air purification facilities will arrive in the US, but we think they will.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Engine: Power of Choice
The standard engine in the 2022 Tucson will be Hyundai’s 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder that will deliver an estimated 190 horsepower (142 kW) and 182 pound-feet (260 newton-meters). The eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available with a direct-injected base engine.
However, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid will bundle a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with a turbulent electric powertrain, giving the electrified SUV an estimated 230 hp (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). This is slightly higher than the 192 ponies found in the Sonata Hybrid or the Ellantra Hybrid’s 139, which should give Tucson some pretty expressive performance. It’s unclear what gearbox the hybrid crossover will use, but a six-speed automatic (on the Sonata) is a decent bet. Also on offer for 2022 will be a Tucson plug-in hybrid using the same turbo four, with range and battery specifications still unknown.
Primarily, the Tucson will get both front-wheel drive and HTRAC all-wheel drive, and has since improved with more driving modes in some markets. Building on the outgoing Tucson’s Eco, Comfort, Smart and Sport settings, the 2022 model includes Mud, Sand and Snow. The extended drive selector has not been confirmed for the US, but it would be surprising not to see it on the roster given the importance of Tucson to US dealers.
Coming to the new SUV is an expanded list of drive-assist and active safety features. It is not yet clear which will be standard or optional, but prevention, lane-keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, and Hyundai Highway Driving Assistance 2022 will be available on Tucson, with frontal collision monitoring and pedestrian detection. Since the outgoing model offers frontal collision prevention technology as an option, we would expect the new one to be the standard.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Specs: The Natty Gritti
The 2022 SUV ruler is larger than its predecessor in every few metrics. The new Tucson measures 105.5 inches between axles, making only minor improvements over the old Tuk’s 105.1-inch wheelbase. The new model has a total length of 177.2 inches Ditto, 0.8 inches over 2021 Tucson. And a 0.6-inch increase in width brings the 2022 Tucson to 73.4 inches. The height of 65.0 inches is the smallest increase, just 0.2 inches above its predecessor. Despite the slight dimensional increase, the interior space increases by a reasonable amount. Hyundai only combats cargo volume specifics, but the 2022 model boasts 38.7 cubic feet, up 7.7, compared to the 20.7 (and about four cubes on the larger Santa Fe crossover).
On sale in the first half of next year as a 2022 model, the Hyundai Tucson should cost slightly more than the current SUV. For gas-only powertrains, expect a base price of $ 24,000, with top-rung models asking for $ 33,000 or more. HTRAC all-wheel drive should add about $ 1,500. Meanwhile, the Tucson Hybrid should be between $ 27,000 and $ 35,000, depending on the trim (add another $ 1,500 if you want four powered wheels).